21 Dec 2020 -

Semiconductor equipment sales defy year with record growth

SEMI released its year-end semiconductor equipment forecast with a prediction that global OEM sales will top a record-breaking 68.9 billion USD – up 16% from 2019’s 59.6 billion USD.

Reporting from SEMI Japan, they said the demand for semiconductor front-end and back-end equipment will provide growth momentum. Front-end fab equipment, including wafer processing, fab equipment and photomask equipment, will increase by 15% this year to $59.4 billion, and will increase by 4% and 6% in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Foundry and logic businesses account for about half of the total sales of fab equipment. Driven by investment in cutting-edge technology, spending this year will increase by 15% to $30 billion. Spending on NAND manufacturing equipment will soar 30% this year to more than $14 billion, and DRAM is expected to lead this growth trend in 2021 and 2022.

China, Taiwan and Korea are projected to be the leading regions in spending in 2020. Robust foundry and memory investment in China is expected to propel the region to the top of the total semiconductor equipment market for the first time this year. In 2021 and 2022, Korea is forecast to lead the world in semiconductor equipment investments on the back of a memory recovery and increases in logic investment. Equipment spending in Taiwan will remain robust, powered by leading-edge foundry investment. Most other regions tracked will also see growth during the forecast period.

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